Special Ministerial Meeting
A Special Meeting of the CICA Ministers of Foreign Affairs was held in New York on 24 September 2018 on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly, at the initiative of the Republic of Tajikistan. Purpose of the meeting was assumption of CICA Chairmanship by the Republic of Tajikistan. Meeting was opened by Mr. Wang Yi, State councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the outgoing Chairmanship of CICA.
In his address, Mr. Wang Yi highlighted the achievements of CICA in last four years of Chinese Chairmanship that included establishment of new institutions like CICA Business Council, CICA Youth Council and CICA Non-Governmental Forum; addition of new members and observers; and organisation of more than one hundred events in the implementation of confidence building measures. Mr. Wang Yi expressed confidence that incoming Tajik Chairmanship will take the CICA process to new heights and invited Mr. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan to Chair the meeting.
Mr. Sirojiddin Muhriddin welcomed the Ministers and their representatives and expressed appreciation for the People’s Republic of China for its successful leadership of CICA for last four years. Minister Muhriddin highlighted past achievements of CICA and affirmed commitment of Tajikistan to further enhance dialogue and cooperation for peace and development in the CICA region as well to confront facing various challenges faced by the region. Tajikistan also presented its concept paper and action plan for the coming two years of its Chairmanship of CICA.
Participating Ministers expressed their appreciation for the excellent work done by the outgoing Chinese Chairmanship and welcomed incoming Tajik Chairmanship. They also expressed appreciation for the good work done by the Secretariat under the able leadership of the Executive Director Ambassador Gong Jianwei. Ministers highlighted the importance of CICA as the most representative grouping in Asia for promoting peace, security and development; and exchanged views on further enhancing cooperation among the Member States. The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the CICA process and the concept of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security in Asia. They recognised importance of the CICA process in promoting peace, stability and security in Asia. The Ministers also exchanged views on developing and implementing agreed Confidence Building Measures and future transformation of CICA.